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Fincher's Serial Killer Trilogy: Girl with Dragon Tattoo Builds on Se7en and Zodiac's Lone Rangers

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opens this week, marking David Fincher's third obsessive film about an intense hunt for a serial killer. What are Fincher's cinematic fixations when dealing with the pathology of murder?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 22, 2011 10:29 AM
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Media Update: Streep vs. Davis Interviews, Fincher, Mara, Pitt and Hill Do Charlie Rose, Masters vs. Damon

Meryl Streep charmed Morley Safer and viewers on "60 Minutes" (video below) and appears on the cover of Newsweek as the race for Best Actress shifts into high gear. It's hers to lose after 16 nominations and two wins, for "Sophie's Choice" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" lo these many years ago. She tells Safer she gets tired of doing takes over and over, and annoyed when women like Thatcher are described as strong-minded. When are strong men described that way?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 4:18 PM
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Review & Round-up: Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Opens A Day Early, December 20

"The Social Network'''s Rooney Mara delivers Salander in a smart expertly executed film that takes the time to make clear plot developments and changing dynamics between investigator Blomkvist (well-played by Daniel Craig) and the androgynous punk researcher who has a woman in her bed when he first knocks on her door.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 8:01 PM
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Oscar Update: Extremely Loud Screens Under Embargo, War Horse Q & A, Albert Brooks, Gurus Vote

Oscar Watch: Hanks and Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The week is packed as befits the season, with too many things to cover. I missed Wednesday's invitation-only LACMA screening of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" for Academy voters and critics, which was under strict Scott Rudin embargo. Even the Q & A with Stephen Daldry, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Eric Roth and Max Von Sydow was off-record, which seems extreme--don't they want people to know about their movie? 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2011 4:29 PM
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Sony, Rudin Fight Back Against The New Yorker for Breaking The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review Embargo

Scott Rudin is pissed. And so is Sony. They feel strongly that the New York Film Critics Circle made a deal with them to honor a worldwide December 13 review embargo on David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which opens December 21. The studio and the filmmakers went out of their way to screen the movie for the NYFCC on November 28; the critics delayed their voting by one day in order to see the film. Every member agreed in writing to honor the embargo. During their vote, the critics did not give the film any awards. But critic David Denby (who fought against moving the voting earlier this year) went ahead and filed a review for The New Yorker for the issue that hits the stands on Monday, December 5, a week ahead of the embargo deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2011 8:36 PM
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Sony Tries To Keep Review Lid on Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sony is trying to contain critics who are itching to review David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which has an official review embargo date of December 13 in advance of its December 21 release. Studios use reviews as marketing fodder, and figure if they screen a film in advance for press, they have the right to demand that the media hold off on tweets, posts and publishing until closer to release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2011 12:29 PM
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Video: Watch Rooney Mara Turn into Lisbeth Salander

Brit illustrator Kyle Lambert can do amazing things  ("with one finger") on his iPad. Check out how he "paints" actress Rooney Mara, then morphs her into her "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" character, Lisbeth Salander.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2011 1:55 PM
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Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack Art, Another Trailer Reworking

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack boasts its own striking artwork, while the trailer has gotten a one-minute reworking. Both are below (ThePlaylist has more details on the soundtrack and score), where you can also listen to a taste of the Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross collaboration. "Dragon Tattoo" lands just in time to tarnish your Christmas cheer, December 21. Don't worry: its dogged marketing team won't forget to remind you.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2011 3:19 PM
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Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander Inspires Halloween Costume, H&M Clothing Line

Trish Summerville, costume designer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is teaming up with Swedish clothing giant H&M to bring Lisbeth Salander-esque clothing to a store near you. Beat-up black jeans, leather and bad-ass hoodiess (yes, they existed before Stieg Larsson wrote the Lisbeth Salander character) will be new again when the film hits theaters this December. So, here's what Lisbeth would look like if she was a supermodel who gave a shit about accessorizing.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 8:08 AM
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New Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Poster Looks Like Martha Marcy May Marlene

David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets a new poster, and while impressive, it does look somewhat familiar. Check out the full poster below, along with one from Martha Marcy May Marlene's marketing campaign (MMMM is currently in theaters). We like them both.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 5:54 AM
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